Every sport at every level has its cherished rivalries, and often those rivalries turn into major events. In baseball, for example, you have the Yankees-Red Sox and the Cubs-Cardinals. In the NFL you have the Cowboys-Redskins and the Giants-Eagles. In soccer you have Real Madrid-Barcelona and Lazio-Roma. And in college basketball you have Duke-North Carolina and Syracuse-Georgetown.
And that’s just to name a few off the top of my head.
However, I’m going to go out on a limb and say no sport does rivalries like college football. Why do I say this? Because in college football practically every single rivalry—no matter how small and insignificant the schools involved—has its own trophy. And I’m not talking bowls or plates or jugs made of gold or silver or crystal. That would be boring. I’m talking bizarre artifacts and relics from a bygone era, like spittoons and axes and howitzers. (Yes, howitzers.) And I don’t know about you, but I think this is awesome.
So today, as we wrap up the week, we’re going to get you pumped for another great Saturday of gridiron action with this list of 25 unusual college football trophies. And you won’t find them ranked by the significance of the rivalry. Instead, they’re judged strictly on the weirdness of the actual trophy.
So let’s get started, shall we?